In a strategic move to streamline the current review process, the FIA is gearing up to implement key changes for the 2024 Formula 1 season in response to the increasing number of review requests submitted by teams. The most recent example of this was when Haas challenged track limit offences at the United States Grand Prix and the FIA aims to address this issue by making the right of review process more stringent.
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Arguably, the biggest modification to the rules involves shortening the window for teams to request a right of review which is currently set at 14 days. The change will now reduce that timeframe significantly, down to a mere 96 hours (four days) for teams to submit all review requests with the aim of forcing teams to carefully consider the necessity of a review before logging it. The FIA does acknowledge, though, that there may be special circumstances that could arise and have made provision for race stewards to extend the deadline to 120 hours if deemed necessary.
In addition to this adjustment, a further noteworthy amendment includes the introduction of a fee for the review process. Unlike the current system that carries no charges, teams will now be required to pay a fee equivalent to the cost of an appeal, which is currently set at €6000 for Formula 1 and this fee will only be refunded if the right of review is upheld by the stewards. As of 2024, all teams will be required to pay the fee upfront before submitting the notice of intention to appeal and if the notice is withdrawn, it will still be referred to the International Court of Appeal to ensure that no team exploits the appeal process in an attempt to negate penalties with consequences.
Beyond the appeals and review changes, the FIA are also set to implement adjustments relating to testing and filming days for the upcoming season. F1 teams will now see the number of kilometres allocated to each team for filming days increased from 100km to 200km. This change provides teams with more flexibility, allowing them not only to ensure the functionality of their cars but also to gather valuable data during the championship. Even though the 2023 season already saw an extension of testing days by half an hour each, the initial draft of the 2024 sporting regulations brings the closing time back to 19:00. This modification retains the usual eight hours on the track but with a shortened timeframe and an additional break.
Indeed, the FIA’s focus on sustainability has been evident in recent times, especially in its collaboration with manufacturer Pirelli to produce a tyre that does not require warming before being fitted to the car. However, owing to safety concerns raised by several drivers, the introduction of this type of tyre has been postponed while a vote will be taken on whether to ban tyre warmers completely by July next year. Lastly, the FIA will also reduce the available exceptions for each curfew period. This includes a decrease in exceptions from four to two in the first restriction period and from three to two in the second period. The third period retains two exceptions, maintaining a gradual reduction trend.